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1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Downtown)
(1) 202-456-7041 | www.whitehouse.gov
HOURS/TIMESTue.-Thurs.: 7:30am-11:00am; Fri.: 7:30am-12:00pm; Sat.: 7:30am-1:00pm; Sun.-Mon.: Closed. Note: Tours currently suspended due to sequestration.
POPULAR TIMESWeekends; school holidays
RESERVE IN ADVANCEYes - tours can be reserved up to 6 months in advance and no less than 21 days in advance
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONReservations required
METROFarragut West; McPherson Square
The White House is synonymous with political power, American history, and decorative grace, so when you’re in town, this is one historic spot not to miss. This 18th century manor house has been home to every US president except for George Washington and has been the site of weddings, funerals, and international soirées for over two hundred years. Its iconic white columns, verdant lawns, and classic interior design provide some of the most beautiful aesthetic stylings in the country.
GO HERE WITH
Friends; family; history buffs
WHY WE LIKE IT
The stunning architecture, Jackie O’s stylish décor, the centuries of history – what’s not to love? The tours always makes us feel sophisticated, and we love the mix of grace and power the whole place exudes.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Sequestration! White House tours are currently suspended due to the fiscal cutbacks. However, once they resume, keep in mind that there are no storage facilities on the premises, so if you arrive with a prohibited item (like a handbag, backpack, camera, or stroller), you will not be allowed in. Understandably, the working portions of the White House (like the West Wing including the Oval Office) are off limits, as is the active residence. The tour is self-guided and is of the staterooms only.
GOOD TO KNOW
Getting a reservation (when tours are happening) is tough. US citizens must contact their member of Congress to request a tour, and international visitors must contact their embassy in DC (tickets are first come, first served, and we recommend booking four to six months in advance for the best chance of gaining entry). Cameras and video recorders are prohibited, and no cell phone usage is allowed. Also, tours are subject to last-minute cancellation. All of this may seem like a lot of fuss, but there’s an excellent staff at the White House Visitor Center that can help with any questions.
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